The email message below: "You WON best buy gift card 500$," has a virus or Trojan horse attached to it that will infect your Windows computer if you open it. The message is a fake and was not by sent by Best Buy. It was instead, designed and sent by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment, disguised a gift card, by claiming that the recipients won a Best Buy gift card.
The Virus Email Message - You WON best buy gift card 500$
From: Best Buy
Subject: You WON best buy gift card 500$
Your entry last month has WON best buy gift card 500$
Download and print this gift card and go to Best Buy.
The email attachment “giftcard.zip” is not a gift card, but a file that that contains the malicious file or virus “gifcard_500_id237487 238947923479283.exe”.
Do not open files ending with “.zip” or “.rar”, unless you are expecting these files from someone. Cybercriminals are compressing or adding their viruses to archive files such as Zip (“.zip”) or WinRAR( “.rar”) to make them undetectable or able to bypass your email provider’s virus scanners.
If you open this malicious file, your computer will get infected with a Trojan horse, which the cybercriminals behind this message will be able to use to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened the malicious file, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software. For a list of other virus email messages, please click here.
Also, click here for a list of email attachments you should never open, regardless of where they came from.
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